Eleksiyon at ang higit sa `karaniwang politiko’

Arao, D. A. (2007, May 9-15). Eleksiyon at ang higit sa “karaniwang politiko”. Pinoy Weekly, 6 (17), p. 5. This may be retrieved from http://www.pinoyweekly.org/pw6-17/op_ed/ed-6_17_3.htm.

Pinoy Weekly | Konteksto (kolum ni Danilo A. Arao)Pinoy Weekly onlineI wrote and filed this article last Sunday (May 6), exactly four days before the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) released their May 2-4 survey on the senatorial election.

The “four or five” candidates I might vote for (whose names I did not identify in my article) landed in the PDI-SWS survey’s top 12. Care to guess who they are?

I initially planned to make a public endorsement of 12 senatorial candidates, but I sincerely doubt if, from now until May 14, I can choose 12 from among the senatorial candidates, some of whom I personally know in various circumstances.

Consequently, I opted to write about the need to be level-headed in choosing one’s candidates. We have to be open to the possibility that they will be working against the people’s interest at some point in the future, hence the probable “awkward” situation of us denouncing the ones we used to support.

Please read my article since I provided, for all its worth, a working framework in choosing one’s candidates. We only have one vote, after all, so we have to make it count.

Of course, there is no guarantee in this day and age that our votes will be counted at all. Then again, that’s for another article, right?

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